The Jacksonville Jaguars weren't in a great spot following back-to-back losses. However, they've bounce back and have won two in a row. Their second victory came against the Buffalo Bills (one of the top teams in the league), so it's not surprising to see them landing in the top 10 of most NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 6.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports placed the Jags at No. 9, noting that they've managed to win two straight. However, he thinks turnovers on offense is a bit of a concern. Ryan Raynolds of The 33rd Team, for his part, believes the Jacksonville offense exceeded expectations against the Bills and ranked them 10th. Meanwhile, the Bleacher Report staff gave the Jags the No. 8 spot in their ranking, pointing out that they've established themselves as a genuine contender in the AFC South.
The Jags beat Buffalo in London but the game wasn't as close as the 25-20 score suggest. They held their offense to just seven points throughout most of the game and when Buffalo finally managed to reach the end zone in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars quickly answered back with a touchdown of their own.
While Trevor Lawrence shined and played like a No. 1 overall pick, this was a team win. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley had his best game of the season, often displaying his chemistry with Lawrence. Travis Etienne also had an impressive outing, toting the rock 26 times for 136 yards with two touchdowns. If that wasn't enough he added 48 yards on four receptions.
On defense, cornerback Darious Williams gave up a couple completions early in the game but he more than made up for it with a clutch interception late in the game. Also, the defensive front showed out, limiting Buffalo to a paltry 29 yards on 14 carries. This put additional pressure on quarterback Josh Allen, who was consistently rattled and forced to get rid of the ball sooner than he would've liked.
The Jaguars return to Jacksonville in Week 6 to face the 3-2 Colts
One odd comment regarding the Jaguars' win over the Bills came from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. He did rank them seventh but also implies that they're better off staying in London, "0-2 in Jacksonville. 2-0 in London. Just saying."
Florio has consistently wondered if the Jags will get the $1 billion they need from the city of Jacksonville for stadium renovations and has floated the idea of relocating to London for a while. That said, owner Shad Kahn has made it clear that he wants the team to remain in place and is confident a deal will get done.
It's true that the Jaguars fared well on their two game stretch in London but that doesn't mean they'll relocate anytime soon. Simply, they invested too much into Jacksonville to simply leave. If they were planning on moving, do you think they would've built the state-of-art Miller Electric Center?
Going back to this week's power rankings, the Jaguars defense has generally played well this season but the offense has showed improvements the past two games. They can't afford to take a step back if they want to beat the Colts in Week 6. Although they'll be without Anthony Richardson, who's dealing with a shoulder injury, Indy has a more than capable backup in Gardner Minshew, who's kept the team afloat when called upon.
Analysts are high on the Jacksonville Jaguars after back-to-back wins. That confidence will keep going up if they beat Indy Sunday.